Severe weather warnings as Cyclone Oma threatens to batter QLD coastline

Severe weather warnings as Cyclone Oma threatens to batter QLD coastline

A Cyclone Watch for parts of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales has been cancelled with forecasters now increasingly confident Tropical Cyclone Oma will stay well away from the Coast.

Kerr said there could be "a little bit of rain" on Sunday morning.

Cyclone Oma is storming towards the coast.

"Dangerous surf conditions are forecast to develop about the east coast of Fraser Island and Wide Bay coast north of Bargara later this afternoon and evening", the bureau warned.

Ms Pattie said gale-force winds were expected in the next 48 hours, with more information to come on which areas would be most affected.

It's expected to continue its slow track towards Brisbane, but at this stage the cyclone is expected to remain offshore.

Ms Pattie said southern Capricornia would see some high tides between half a metre and a metre above the highest tide of the year as well as coastal inundation and erosion.

On Thursday, all 34 Gold Coast beaches were closed for the following three days amid warnings the system could bring as much as 300 millimetres of rain. "We've already started to see escarping on some of our most popular beaches because this weather event also combines with a king tide".

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People in the cyclone watch zone have been urged to make preparations should the cyclone threat increase.

As the category 2 system sits around 950km off the coast of Brisbane, tracking southwesterly at about 10km/h, uncertainty remains on what the cyclone will do, with the Bureau of Meteorology expecting impacts to be felt along the coast even if the cyclone does not cross land.

Tropical Cyclone Oma is anticipated to continue its inexorable path towards Queensland's coast today and tomorrow.

Weatherzone meteorologist this morning said eastern NSW will experience rain each day during the next week, although the state's parched west looks to miss out once again.

A flood warning has been issued for catchment areas in the coastal regions along with a few interior parts between New South Wales border and Gladstone to prepare them for heavy showers in view of Cyclone Oma.

He said a slow-moving high pressure system located over the Great Australian Bight will pass over Tasmania and move into the Tasman Sea next week.

The Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Coolangatta were warned to beware of anomalous high tides, unsafe surf and gale-force winds expected to occur throughout the weekend. In 1990, Cyclone Nancy directly impacted Brisbane, but didn't make landfall.

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